There are currently three on-island providers for further and higher education: the Guernsey College of Further Education (GCFE), the Guernsey Training Agency and University Centre (GTA UC), and the Institute for Health & Social Care Studies (IHSCS).
In January 2018, the States directed the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture to create a single organisation which will deliver full-time and part-time technical, professional and vocational studies for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, by integrating the existing three providers. It is also the Committee's intention to partner with a UK university to obtain University College status.
In May 2018, the Integrated Working Group (IWG) was formed to develop the plans for integrating post-16 education providers. The group is chaired by Professor Richard Conder, non-voting member of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, with the Principal of the GCFE, the Head of the IHSCS and the Chief Executive of the GTA UC also included.The working group has been vital in bringing the leadership of the organisations together to collaborate and develop the process of integration.
From July, the interim integration becomes effective and the three further and higher education providers will come together as one organisation known as The Guernsey Institute. The organisation will be led by an Executive Principal and a single interim 'shadow' board of governors will be appointed shortly. Once the new Education Law is in place, governance and leadership responsibilities will be fully devolved to a single board.
Initially the three existing organisations will retain their identities as faculties of The Guernsey Institute, with the GTA fulfilling its legal and statutory obligations as a company. Following the appointment of the new executive principal, in July, the leaders of the GCFE, GTA and IHSCS will each report into the new Executive Principal and will make up the leadership team of The Guernsey Institute.